Title AQUAVET Introducing Aquaponic in VET: Tools, Teaching Units, and Teacher Training to implement the innovative instrument GLOBE
Project Number 2012-1-CH1-LEO05-00392
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Aquaponic is a production method which combines AQUAculture of fish with hydroPONIC cultivation of plants. This technology will be highly relevant for the future of fish farming, and increasingly in urban farming. It’s major benefits are a high production efficiency (efficient use of water and recycling of phosphorus), guaranteed product safety using no antibiotics nor pesticides, compliance with animal welfare and protection of the environment.
Summary Today, as a result of rapid population growth, increased food requirements and proceeding urbanization, the area of agricultural land is rapidly declining and our oceans are over-fished. To meet future demands for food, there is need for innovative, space-saving, and ecological technologies in food production. Aquaponic is a sustainable food production method, which combines aquaculture of fish with hydroponic cultivation of plants (without soil) using a closed water cycle. It’s major benefits are a reduction of fresh water consumption to a minimum, efficient use of nutrients and guaranteed product safety because the process uses neither antibiotics nor pesticides. Another advantage of the method is the opportunity to produce food right where it is consumed – in the cities (urban farming), what will gain even more relevance in the future regarding the predicted decline in farmland (www.fao.org). Thus, aquaponic is an ecological and climate-friendly method for producing high nutritional food and at the same time meeting the today’s demands of consumers for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. The technique opens up new perspectives in introducing new „green jobs“.
The AQUA-VET project aimed to:
•develop a new vocation “Aquaponic Farmer”
•transfer aquaponic technology and corresponding teaching units into VET (vocational education and training)
•adapt training resources to support use of Aquaponic in VET curricula
•support the training of VET teachers and trainers for future training of emerging green jobs
Curricula for Aquaponic education were defined,
tested, translated and disseminated.
The focus was on practical applications: vocational training for “green jobs”.
We trained the teachers in Aquaponic, and transfer the educational resources.
This forward thinking education enabled teachers to equip their students with special skills needed for emerging occupational chances in the field of urban farming and in modern agriculture.
Utilization and distribution of results
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula